West End musical Aladdin has announced a new education programme which features workshops and curriculum linked resources for use both before and after a show visit.
Schools can take part in a choice of two 90 minute pre-show workshops, which focus on either Scene Study or Music and Movement and are suitable for Key Stage 2 upwards.
The Scene Study workshop sees students work with extracts from the Aladdin script and explore characterisation and objectives through physicality, voice, status and comedy.
Alternatively, the Music and Movement workshop gives students the opportunity to learn choreography and vocals from the opening number in the show, Arabian Nights.
The workshops, which are led by Disney Theatrical teaching artists, can be tailored to meet specific school requirements. They take place in a rehearsal venue a short distance from The Prince Edward theatre.
As well as the pre-show workshops, schools can now benefit from downloadable resources to complement a trip to Aladdin.
The Key Stage 2 resource, Out of the Lamp, features activities such as creative writing, performing, dance and creating costumes to be used to support curriculum learning in English, Art and Design, Music and PSHE both pre and post-visit.
For example, post activities include Storytelling, which encourages pupils to write an alternative scene for the musical, and The Importance of Music and Dance in Aladdin, which asks students to consider how the music or movements attached to characters help to define them to the audience.
Meanwhile Key Stage 3 students going to see Aladdin can benefit from The Cave of Wonders resource pre and post-visit. It will encourage pupils to develop their creative writing, build literacy and grammar skills, explore storytelling and use themes from the production to reflect on issues in their own lives.
The downloadable resources are available on the education programme’s website.
Aladdin will play Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday.
Schools can benefit from a complimentary teacher ticket with every ten paid tickets for the same performance.
Photo credit: Deen van Meer. ©Disney.